Wednesday, July 8, 2009

John Ensign & His Lyin', Cheatin' Heart

Uh oh. I guess that little "not really in love letter" that our favorite do-nothing Senator Ensign wrote last year really meant nothing. It turns out that Ensign may have not just violated his own marriage vows, but also possibly campaign finance law.

Doug Hampton spoke publicly for the first time today about the affair his wife had with Sen. John Ensign, saying the Nevada Republican continued his pursuit even after intermediaries tried to get him to stop. [...]

Hampton’s comments came during an exclusive two-part interview with Sun columnist Jon Ralston, to air tonight at 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston.”

Cynthia Hampton was the treasurer of Ensign’s political action committee and re-election campaign, while Doug Hampton served as a senior aide on Ensign’s Senate staff.

Hampton said Ensign paid the woman more than $25,000 in severance when she stopped working for the senator.

If true, Ensign faces a possible felony violation of campaign finance law if he paid the severance but failed to report it as an in-kind contribution to the campaign committees where she worked, according to ethics complaints filed against him.

Knowingly and willfully failing to report a contribution of more than $25,000 is a criminal violation subject to five years in prison, according to complaints filed last month by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Seriously, color me unsurprised. These GOP "family values" hypocrites never seem to value their own families seriously, especially if they get in the way of their libidos or their cash cows. Still, I'll agree with Mr. Gleaner that this whole sordid Ensign Affair is getting creepier by the day with each new revelation.

Just what is it that attracts Republicans to wild and crazy sex?

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